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     Sunday announcements

     April 19 • 2020 
     Second Sunday of Easter 


    Elder of the month: Brett Cardwell


    Passionate worship 

    ■ Our worship services will continue online at www.swiftchurch.org and on the Swift Presbyterian Church Facebook page for the month of April or until further notice due to the coronavirus restrictions. You can watch at 10 a.m. and whenever you choose after that.


     — 10 a.m. and later — 
    Worship service online only

    ‘Peace Be With You’
    John 20:19–23


    ■ “Jesus Christ Is Risen,” whether we meet together or not. Christ reigns. We will gather online to sing and rejoice in the “good news” that Jesus Christ lives.

    ■ Easter wreath craft kits were mailed to the children of the church this past week. If your child or grandchild did not receive one, we probably don’t have their name in the church database. Our apologies — we want all the kids to have one, and we do still have five kits. Please contact Pastor Jody Beth if you’d like one for your child and/or someone you’d like to give one to.

    Radical hospitality 

    Easter Sunday service has a wide reach

    On Easter Sunday, our online service “went national” as many friends and families from the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee signed on to our website or Facebook to join us for our Easter service and holy communion. Other states that we aren’t aware of may have also joined us. These online services are a wonderful way to share worship with friends or family members who can’t be with us.

    ■ Ways to stay connected to our Swift Church family:

    ✔ Pray through the directory for individuals, for our pastors and other worship leaders.

    ✔ Pray for our church leaders who are making decisions to keep us safe.

    ✔ Make phone calls to check up on your pew partners.

    ✔ Ask God to direct you to call those who are lonely and need to hear a message of comfort or peace; just let them know you are thinking of them.

    Intentional Faith Development 
    Read devotionals and pray daily 

    An online devotional is “Our Daily Bread” at www.odb.org. If you are using an online devotional that you would like to recommend, please send the link to the church office and we may include it in announcements.

    Don’t stop reading your Bible and praying for people who provide essential services in grocery stores, sanitation companies and mail and package delivery.

    Session meeting 

    The session will meet by online “Zoom” on Monday, April 20, mainly to check in and to discuss Sunday worship.or certain activities could occur.

    May newsletter deadline 

    The May newsletter deadline for submitting articles is Thursday, April 23. If you have youth or adult Sunday school class activities to report, please get the information to the office by then. Also please let us know of planned worship, Bible study, and/or future music activities. We realize that it is difficult to know what and when we may be able to meet, but it seems now that plans for opening the state for certain activities could occur.

    Online ‘Zoom’ Bible study 

    It’s open to all members and friends

    The Thursday morning Bible study began April 16 as an online study, through a tool called Zoom. It can be accessed on a computer or smart phone. We will “meet” Thursdays, 10 to10:40 a.m. We will also send out a weekly email to help keep us connected.

    Materials will be your Bible and a study book, Knowing the Bible: Exodus. We will be going through the book of Exodus chapter by chapter; an appropriate book to study in these days of what may feel like exile to many of us.

    More information is found in your April newsletter or contact Pastor Jody Beth, 251-213-6625.

    Risk-taking mission and service 
    Food pantry 

    The food pantry remains open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon until further notice. If you, or someone you know, has a need for a food bag that includes a few paper products, please come see us. Thanks to all who have volunteered their time and/or donated money or items to keep our food pantry open.

    The Swift food pantry ordered and packed bags of the following items to share with the congregation in this time of crisis: green beans, spaghetti and sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, grits, paper towels, and … toilet paper. This is being offered to all members and friends, to keep people from having to go to the store, and the food pantry has said “if your work hours have been cut, you are required to participate!” Contact Pastor Jody Beth, 213-6625 to have a bag dropped off outside your home or work.

    Extravagant generosity 
    Tithes and offerings 

    Although we are not meeting “in person,” please remember to mail or drop off your tithing and your special offering for “One Great Hour of Sharing” during this time of separation. You can also give online through the secure donation portal linked from our website.

    In the community 

    South Baldwin Literacy Council is collecting gently used books for children to build their home libraries. During this time of separation, the book donations can be dropped off at their offices at 21441 Highway 98 E, Foley, AL 36535, or call 251-943-7323 for more information.

    Now hiring 

    Swift Church announces an upcoming vacant position in the capacity of administrative assistant. Applicants should have good secretarial and people skills along with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, publishing software. Having knowledge using Facebook and other social media applications is an asset. This position is currently job-shared and requires working 24 hours a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) every other week. To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé to Pastor Keith Cardwell at swiftpastor@gmail.com or mail to Swift Presbyterian Church, 23208 Swift Church Road, Foley, AL 36535.

    Joys and celebrations 

    Upcoming birthdays — Ellafair Cotter, Bruce Croxell, Brittany Rawson

    Upcoming anniversary — Karl and Brenda Dombrowski’s 60th on April 21

    Mark Mueller’s daughter Ashley is pregnant.

    Beautiful and meaningful service as we shared worship and holy communion together even though separated for Easter services
      


    PLEASE EMAIL YOUR JOYS AND CONCERNS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE
    OR USE OUR PRAYER REQUEST FORM.

    swiftpc@gulftel.com or call 943-8367


    Pray for mission workers in Africa. 

    • Inge and Larry Sthreshley
    in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Pray for military friends and families. 

    • Haleigh Fulmer: U.S. Marine Corps, Middle East
    • Sgt. 1C Marc Barkley: Afghanistan
    • Dennis Trey Brown: U.S. Army, Afghanistan
     Zane Brewer: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
     David Esparza: U.S. Marine Corps, Jacksonville, N.C.
     Jeffrey Cain: U.S. Coast Guard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
     Jeremy Rechkemmer: U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany
     • Capt. Jeremy 
    Timm: National Guard in Arkansas
    • Cody Havel: U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, Fla.
     • M.Sgt. Jason Rogers: U.S. Marine Corps, Nashville, Tenn.

    SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    The Rev. Keith Cardwell, pastor: 251-923-6961
    Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:
    251-213-6625

    Lisa Cardwell, music director
    Abby Sikes, preschool director

    Church office: 251-943-8367
    Preschool: 
    251-200-3840


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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367
    email: swiftpc@gulftel.com